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A number of journalists rebuked the police chief of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after he referred to the weekend violence as riots. It was not so much a riot as it was an insurrection.
“I was front and center at the protest — at the riot,” Chief Tim Gannon told the angry crowd of reporters.
“There was no riot,” one woke journalist shot back.
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Other reporters joined in and demanded to know why the police officers defended themselves against the violent crowd.
“There was — the officers that were putting themselves in harm’s way – were being pelted with frozen cans of pop, they were being pelted with concrete blocks,” the chief said.
The police chief also said at least one officer was pelted with a brick and had to be taken to the hospital. Video from the scene shows another rioter attempting to throw a concrete slab at a cop.
“We could not allow our officers to be harmed,” the chief said.
Maybe the police chief should invite journalists to volunteer as human shields — standing between the police and the so-called “peaceful protesters.”
Brooklyn Center Police Chief Gannon: "I was front and center… at the riot."— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 12, 2021
Reporter: "There was no riot."
Gannon: "There was… the officers that were putting themselves in harm's way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop, they were being pelted with concrete blocks." pic.twitter.com/aM5rfjYpxx
And when the violent mob starts throwing concrete slabs at the journalists — they will be among the loudest voices crying out to the police for safety and protection.
Our team has compiled videos from last night’s so-called peaceful protests. Watch and decide for yourself whether or not it was a riot.
Brooklyn Center, Minn.: BLM rioter who was about to throw a large chunk of concrete at police was hit with an impact munition. He falls to the ground in pain. #Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/Yj0ZkS3rkF— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 12, 2021
A liquor store in Brooklyn Center, Minn. was destroyed by BLM looters overnight. #Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/fc1xwLT4LU— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 12, 2021
This isn't looting— Tim Pool (@Timcast) April 12, 2021
This is mostly peaceful night shopping without permission https://t.co/1wyeGp3RdF
The Brooklyn Center Walmart in Minnesota was broken into and looted in response to the BLM race rioting overnight after police shot dead a suspected gang member who was trying to escape a warrant arrest. #DaunteWright #Minneapolis pic.twitter.com/2s2At0sEFn— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 12, 2021